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National Hanging Out Day

Clothes Line Hanging Out Day


Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on April 19

So, you think you found a fun day to hang out with your friends, did you? Wrong!!! National Hanging Out Day is about having fun hanging your laundry out to dry. Now that you know what this day is for, you're probably thinking "I've been tricked. This holiday should be titled "National Hang Your Laundry Day". You are absolutely right on both accounts. We believe that the creator of this day was using word play, to have some fun on our account.

 Did You Know? Electric and gas clothes dryers consume 5.8% of residential energy consumption.

National Hanging Out Day was created by Project Laundry List as a protest against local laws banning the hanging of clothes outdoors on an "ugly clothesline". It was created to encourage people to dry their clothes, indoors or out on clothes line, and to fight for the right to do so. Project Laundry List also encourages and promotes the use of washing your laundry in cold water, for energy and environmental reasons.

For the Record:

  • The earliest clothes dryers were in England and France in the 1800s.
  • Early clothes dryers were called "ventilators".
  • George T. Sampson of Dayton Ohio patented the first clothes dryer on June 7, 1892. It had a rack and used heat from a stove.
  • In 1955, only 10% of U.S. households had a clothes dryer, as they were too expensive for most families.


There are many reasons to use a clothes line to dry your clothes. Among them are:

  • It saves you money.
  • It saves energy consumption.
  • It's environmentally "green", as it does not use fossil fuels.
  • Drying clothes on a clothesline enhances freshness and helps eliminate strong odors.
  • It is gentler on clothes.
  • Hanging clothes requires a little exercise on your part.
  • Eliminates the risk of dryer fires.
  • Many people today, have no idea what a clothesline or a clothes pin is!

String up a clothes line. Search your basement for the clothes pins. And, have a very Happy Hanging Out Day!

Deep Thought fro Today: "By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy. If you get a bad wife, you'll become a philosopher." - - Socrates  

History and Origin of "National Hanging Out Day":

This holiday event was founded in 2007 by "Clothesline Activist" Alexander Lee. It started in protest to a growing numbers of local laws and regulations banning hanging clothes on "ugly clotheslines". Lee and his organization Project Laundry List fought against these laws, citing the many benefits of hanging clothes on a clothesline and the right to do so.

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any U.S. congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

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